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Foreigners Among Us

As part of FOR’s #GiveRefugeesRest campaign, we are recruiting writers to share their personal stories in connection with Muslims and/or refugees and to give voice to the necessity for the United States of America to be accepting of all people. The following is an eloquent contribution from poet, Aileen Ibardaloza-Cassinetto:


Foreigners Among Us

For young adults: Farm the land, grow the spirit

The Stony Point Center, an FOR affiliate organziation in Stony Point, NY, has announced the seventh-annual “Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit” Peacemaking Summer Institute for Young Adults, ages 19 to 29.

The program, May 31 to Aug. 7, is free to those who are accepted.

#ReclaimMLK with a new song from Rev. Sekou

We’re excited to announce that in conjunction with St. Louis-based record label FarFetched, FOR-USA has released an album of music by Bayard Rustin Fellow Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and his band.

Listen to the first song on the album, “We Comin,” for free — and pre-order the full album.

Dr. King and the spirituality of nonviolence

As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this coming Monday, I wanted to share with you a compelling radio program exploring the spirituality of nonviolence, featuring FOR-USA Executive Director Rev. Kristin Stoneking.

State of the Union should not invoke Dr. King

As always President Obama is spot on when he celebrates the inherent beauty of diversity and openly rejects the sinister nature of identity/tribal politics. I also appreciate his call for American citizens to wake up and finally retake control of their nation. As he powerfully reminded us, “We the people” are the three most important words in our Constitution.

VIDEO: Rev. Kristin Stoneking speaks out against anti-Muslim fears

Executive Director of FOR-USA Rev. Kristin Stoneking was interviewed this week at a rally in support of Muslim neighbors, meant to dispel Islamophobic fears, in Woodland, California. She made clear the need for everyone to act in solidarity of those being targeted:

Wake up call for human rights: #GiveRefugeesRest

Today, we launched #GiveRefugeesRest — a campaign to affirm the humanity of refugees.

FOR's letter to governors: #GiveRefugeesRest

Last week, FOR sent 31 pillowcases and accompanying letters to each of the 31 governors who supported refugee bans in their states, and the Speaker of the House who advanced federal legislation, as part of the launch of the


The anti-refugee and anti-Muslim rhetoric is out of control. Entire groups of human beings are being marginalized. This needs to stop immediately.

Thank you and happy new year!

You came through in a big way with your support of FOR in 2015.

Thank you!

Now it’s on to 2016, which we embrace with excitement, hope, and faith. In the words of FOR member and theologian Howard Thurman: